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Nip Tuck - Season 2


The second season received positive reviews from critics, holding an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[3] an increase from the first season.[4] People wrote "The second season of Nip/Tuck seems giddily determined to top the first",[5] whilst David Bianculli of the New York Daily News wrote "The FX series begins its second year with assurance, inventiveness and more than a little boldness. If you're missing the sassy frankness and playfulness of Sex and the City, look no further: The torch has been passed."[6] Brian Lowry of Variety wrote "Program creator Ryan Murphy has consistently made like Fred Astaire, dancing up to the edge of 'too far' without toppling over."[7] Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune gave a less favorable review, saying "Amid this determined luridness, the show tries to stick in some 'real' drama, and the effect is knock-you-off-your-seat disconcerting."[8]




Nip Tuck - Season 2


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Turning in return guest appearances this season will be Joan Rivers, whom Murphy says has come up with story suggestions; Alec Baldwin and Famke Janssen, who were part of a surprising plot turn last season; and Jill Clayburgh, who won an Emmy nomination for her guest spot as a client who threatened to sue last season.


And as the show begins, in addition to the Carver fallout, Sean and Julia are separated, and Matt is still in the dark about the true nature of the woman he was infatuated with last season, Ava, played by Janssen.


Allegra from the Core Temp Arts network joins The Doctor again to review season 2 of Nip/Tuck. Using a more thematic style this season, the show continues to examine the emotional ups and downs of two middle aged men starting to feel their age, and how their complicated friendship and history causes them both moments of great pain and great joy. In this season, we find ourselves realizing this is a show with no heroes, and this was a season where everyone was a villain in their own way. We also discuss issues of colorism (no it's not a new phenomena), the strength in vulnerability, and the impact that chasing beauty has on us all. Who knew such a sensational show could address such deep topics in a way that got us to thinking?


Where the first series of the plastic surgery hit strove for some degree of realism in its storylines, the second season sheers almost all pretence of serious drama, getting to the mucky, silly stuff underneath. And its all the better for it.


The Carver is the main antagonists of seasons 2 and 3 of the TV series Nip/Tuck. He is a masked serial rapist who disfigures his victims. He has also killed one victim: Rhea Reynolds, a woman who faked being attacked by the Carver so she could get free plastic surgery.


In the third season, Sean offers Quentin a limited partnership after Christian neglects to return to work after being attacked by the Carver. Initially, Christian refuses to accept having Quentin as an associate, but later changes his mind and supports the decision. A couple of episodes later, he and Sean go to a frat party together. They end up receiving fellatio from two college girls, during which Costa winks at Sean. This bothers Sean and he leaves the room.


Once again exonerated from the suspect pool, Costa asks Christian and Sean to repair his face. After initially refusing, Christian and Sean agree to perform the surgery. During this conversation, Costa explains away some potential plot holes from earlier in the season. Specifically:


Liz has been visiting numerous area sperm banks and therefore could have obtained Christian's sperm and planted evidence that led to Christian's arrest as a suspect earlier in the season (it is known by the viewers that Liz received a sample directly from Christian in Season 2, but not mentioned by Kit). Liz attests her innocence during questioning.


These experiences are pretty major, especially when compared to the baby-steps taken by Sean and Christian. Both men are still mired in the mid-life crises that began in season one, and Season Five, Part Two brings them no closer to resolution. Christian does experience one large life change, when he develops potentially lethal breast cancer. The physical scars and ongoing sickness the disease and its treatment saddle him with deal harsh blows to his previously untouchable confidence and libido.


Akos Peterbencze is an entertainment writer based in London. He covers film and TV regularly on Looper, and his work has also been published in Humungus, Frame Rated, and Fanfare. Akos is a Rustin Cohle aficionado and believes that the first season of True Detective is a masterpiece. You can find him talk about all-things pop culture on Twitter (@akospeterbencze) and Medium (@akospeterbencze). 041b061a72


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